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Almost, but not Quite–Genesis 11 part 3

 

The Story of Abraham, the Father of the nation of Israel begins with the story of many believers.  Abrahams Father, Terah.  Terah had a vision to leave the land of the Chaldeans and go to Canaan.  He gathered up his family and started that way.  On the way to the place he was led to go, he found a very nice place, Harran.  They settled there.  And Terah and his family stayed there till Terah’s death.

It is very easy to feel called by God and set out to complete the journey he has for us.  But, then life sets in and along the way we get side tracked or we get comfortable and we settle. In settling, life may get easier and more comfortable—but, we may miss an amazing opportunity.

We will never know how different the story may have been if Terah would have continued to Canaan.  But truly That was where God was leading him.  We will never know the difference we would make if we continued to the place God is leading us.  But if we continue, we can be assured it won’t be easy or comfortable.  The impact, however, could be historic—Just ask Abraham.

God Bless You

27 This is the account of Terah’s family line.

Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah. 30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.

31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.

32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.

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120 years-Genesis 11 part 2

When we look at the geneology of the family that led to Abraham, the one thing that underscores for me is the age decline.  God said no more than 120 years for men and by the time of Abraham he had accomplished the plan.  This was not a punishment for the people, but the execution of God’s word.  There is so much about why God does what he does we will never understand—but that is Ok! We are not intended to understand God’s ways, we are simply called to trust his plan.

Current days are the same.  So much of what is going on in our world we do not get.  Why God allows what he does—does not seem reasonable.  Truth is, much of our experience is a result of years of sin and horrible choices.  We are now reaping what the world has sewn.  We beg God to spare us the pain, but, we need to pray we can stand firm during the fire.  We need to focus on becoming like him and not trying to figure him out.  He tells us if we will humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways and pray and seek his face, then he will allow us to find him, restore us and heal our Land.  Help me Lord to seek you!

God Bless You

16 When Eber had lived 34 years, he became the father of Peleg. 17 And after he became the father of Peleg, Eber lived 430 years and had other sons and daughters.

18 When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of Reu. 19 And after he became the father of Reu, Peleg lived 209 years and had other sons and daughters.

20 When Reu had lived 32 years, he became the father of Serug. 21 And after he became the father of Serug, Reu lived 207 years and had other sons and daughters.

22 When Serug had lived 30 years, he became the father of Nahor. 23 And after he became the father of Nahor, Serug lived 200 years and had other sons and daughters.

24 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. 25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.

26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.

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Quit your Babeling! Genesis 11 part 1

As a race, we never seem to fathom that we are not God.  We always want to control the circumstances and environment in which we live.  Control, being the world’s greatest illusion, is the one thing we will never secure.  The people of Shinar were convinced that they could prove they were as smart and powerful as God.  Sadly, They were close! But God knew that their drive to gain control would ultimately end in Chaos and destruction.  God spread them out and confused the languages—Wow, what a strange day that must have been.

Not much has changed.  Today, our Tower of Babel is as large as a space station or as small as a strand of DNA.  We are looking for ways to control our circumstances and environment through technology and the system.  Yet, even though we can see things so small that they would never be found by the naked eye and see distant galaxies, we cannot see that we continue to move toward financial, environmental, medical and institutional chaos. 

If we would simply surrender to the will of God.  If we would allow him to lead and look to him for freedom and provision, then we would know why men cannot ever be God.  It has not worked throughout history and it never will.  Help me, Lord, to surrender to the fact that we were never able to grasp control of our lives or our world.

God Bless You

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel —because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

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Table of Nations–Genesis 10

The nations of the world are divided among the three sons of Noah. Archeologists have confirmed the fact that every culture has their version of the flood and Noah’s story. Yet, we still try to explain away the world orser without including God in the picture.

People are like that, Even though God is staring us in the face, we try to invent ways to deny his presence. If we as a people would acknowledge that he is God and we are not; then we could begin to see his hand and enjoy the freedom he provides. As we read about the development of the nations, it is Amazing that the lineage of Ham typifies people that hate and want to be equal with God. As we will see, throughout bible History, their activities quantify Selfishness and disdain for God and his people.

God Loves us, He wants to have a relationship with us. It is our choice to walk with him or run from him—help me Lord to run to you and not from you.

God Bless You

This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah’s sons, who themselves had sons after the flood.

2 The sons of Japheth:
The Hamites
6 The sons of Ham:

Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan.

7 The sons of Cush:

Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabteka.

The sons of Raamah:

Sheba and Dedan.

8 Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar. 11 From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah 12 and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city.
Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshek and Tiras…

21 Sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother was Japheth; Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber.
22 The sons of Shem:

Elam, Ashur, Arphaxad, Lud and Aram.

23 The sons of Aram:

Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshek.

24 Arphaxad was the father of Shelah,

and Shelah the father of Eber.

25 Two sons were born to Eber:

One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.

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It did not take Long–Genesis 9 part 2

It did not take long…Within a short period of time, Noah gets drunk and Ham degrades and disrespects his Dad.  Funny, these were the good guys.  Sin creeps in to the scene whenever we take our eyes off the Lord.  When we are in extreme crisis, it is often easier to focus on the Lord because we have no other recourse.  When things are good, plentiful and crisis free we tend to let down a bit and open a door for sin to come in and destroy us.  The Bible is chocked full of stories of great people of God that crash and burn when times become good or at least crisis free.

Why would we expect different?  I am reminded that when I feel a break in the action, that is when I need to be on guard.  The more prosperous and complacent we are the more apt our enemy is to level us. Paul said it best—“I have learned to be content whatever my circumstance, well fed or hungry; living in plenty or in want—I can do all things thru Christ Who strengthens me!” Philippians 4:12-13.  So, following Peter’s direction, We must remain on Guard, our enemy prowls like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. I Peter 5:8

Help me, Lord to remain faithful and on Guard.

God Bless you

20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.

24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,

“Cursed be Canaan!
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers. ”

26 He also said,

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem!
May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27 May God extend Japheth’s territory;
may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,
and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”

28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.

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Rainbow-Genesis 9 part 1

God is consistent.  He wants to make his love for us known—The rainbow is a reminder of God’s covenant to us that he will not destroy the earth by flood.  The cross is a reminder that God loved us so much that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. When we hold our children, it reminds us of the unconditional love that God has for us, his kids.  God wants us to know he is committed to us.  We should never be concerned for others to know our commitment as well.  We walk in a way, that shows our covenant.  We submit to his leadership and walk according to his word.  God does not expect us to be perfect, he simply leads us in a way to become like him and free from sin and death.  Help me, Lord to walk in a way to honor you.

God Bless You

8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth. ”

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

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A Fresh Start–Genesis 8 part 2

The waters receded and the ark emptied.  Those that survived the flood were now released to start again.  Noah made a sacrifice that pleased with the Lord.  God knew things were not fixed—But, he was unwilling to destroy man or the earth, again.  It must have been a daunting experience, for Noah to start again, but, start again he did. 

In our lives it is difficult to face trials—but, often, it is also difficult to start again.  When we realize that God wants us to never quit, but, He expects us to move forward and trust him to follow his lead.  The aroma of our heart should be a sweet one as we follow.  Help me, Lord to follow and start fresh as you lead.

God Bless You

 

 

15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”

18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.

20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

22 “As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”

 

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God Remembered Noah-Genesis 8 part 1

God Remembered Noah…We sometimes think that God has forgotten us.  In the midst of our trials and tribulations, we think there is no one left that cares or remembers us.  Imagine Noah, on  the Ark with the animals and his family knowing that everyone and everything else was destroyed.  What a heartbreak. But, in the midst of a world underwater, God remembered Noah.  He began the process of liberation and restoration.  It did not happen immediately, it was not full of fanfare and adulation; no, it was a simple wind, the natural processes God put in place.

Often, our lives are the same. We call out to the Lord and ask for relief and restoration.  Then, God remembers us.  He begins the process of reducing the calamity and restoring his own.  It does not happen overnight.  It is often a process of years.  But through the natural processes of the journey, God recedes the flood waters and restores our lives.  It is never the same—It is often much better.  But no matter what the outcome is—we know God is in charge and in love with us.  We have to be patient, we have to trust.  Mostly, we have to wait.  Help me, Lord to wait on you to make the waters of trials recede and provide new and fertile ground for me to continue the journey.

God Bless You

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Alone at Sea–Genesis 7 part 2

For The inhabitants of the Ark, there must have been a great sense of fear and concern.  All outside the Ark was destroyed and they alone remained to start again.  Noah was probably relieved he listened and trusted God.  He was grateful to have his family at his side.  But, the weight of starting again had to be incredible.  Noah and his family sat for months in the Ark simply waiting for what God had next.  Fear and lonlines a constant issue.

In our walks, through trials and circumstance, we remain grateful for what he has provided for us, but we also battle the fears and loneliness of our unique journey.  In the midst of the journey, we have to cling to the fact that he has brought us this far and that he loves us completely.  We accept what we are handed and pray for his wisdom and direction while we wait. His timing is always different, but his plan is always perfect.  Help me Lord to wait on you with a grateful heart and your peace.

God Bless you

17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. 24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

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The Lord Shut Him In–Genesis 7 part 1

Then the Lord Shut him in. It took Noah roughly 100+ years to build the ark. While there is little detail about the  process, Clearly, at age 600, Noah and family entered the Ark.  I am sure that through the years, Noah’s neighbors thought him nuts.  And even the week before the flood as they sat in the Ark, folks probably walked by and laughed.  What a true test of faith. Noah was probably equally fearful of what would happen if God did not send the flood as he was if God did.  When the boat began to rise and the waters pounded the boat, the family felt the mix of relief and of devastation. This was not a celebratory event, but it was a historical pillar in time that proved that God is God and we are not!

Throughout the world, all major cultures’ histories include the Ark story. Only those who know and understand the things of God get its significance.  God will not tolerate sin, He will not be mocked.  God does look at the hearts of his chosen and will keep his covenant to love and walk with them.  God pays attention to detail and he will do what is necessary to execute his plan.  We need to continue to seek him and submit to his leadership—when we do, no matter the timeline, he will ultimately keep his word.  Help me Lord to trust you and watch you keep your word.

God Bless You

7 The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made. ”

5 And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.

6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, 9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.0 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month —on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights